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CNN
Sep 21, 2011 9:00am EDT
the big week ahead. the general assembly of the united nations will hear from iran and the united kingdom tomorrow. friday, the palestinian leadership expected to make its case. israel will have an opportunity to respond on friday, as well. we'll also hear from greece, which, of course, is dealing with a huge financial crisis right now. it's rippling throughout europe, indeed, throughout the middle east. so, a lot happening right now. we're also, by the way, following another developing story breaking news happening right now. two american hikers go free after two years in iran's most notorious prison. the men were convicted of espionage earlier this year. but a million dollars bail has now secured their release. we're continuing to monitor the situation. we'll bring it to you live as we get more developments. but both of these hikers josh fattal, shane bauer have been freed and they are getting ready to fly to oman and reunite with their family and fly back to the united states. much more on this story coming up. but let's set the stage before the president obama's important stat
CNN
Sep 19, 2011 5:00pm EDT
are gathering right now for the 66th annual u.n. general assembly. why the stakes couldn't be higher for the united states. i'm wolf blitzer at the u.n. you're in the situation room. >>> you're looking at live picture from the united nations. where all eyes right now are on this year's general assembly. president obama and the first lady, michele bachmann, expected to arrive in new york only minutes from now. at issue for the united states and much of the world this week, a showdown over the middle east. the palestinian authority president vowing to submit a formal application for statehood to the united nation's security council. it could have serious implications for the u.s. relationships with iz real and the arab world. much more on this part of the story coming up. >>> let's get to the president's plan it slash trillions of dollars through the national debt. a plan he says will do the right thing. >> either we ask the wealthiest americanes it pay their fair share of taxes or asking seniors to pay more thor medicare. we can't afford do both. either we gut education and medical research or we've got to reform the tax code so that most profitable corporations have to give up took loop holes that others don't get. we can't affo
CNN
Sep 23, 2011 11:00am EDT
covering the united nations general assembly. you've watched all of these power players get together. this is a real showdown here. why do you suspect that the palestinian leader is making this push right now? >> reporter: well, suzanne, we understand from our sources that the reason they're going it right now -- for two reasons. first of all, the palestinians say, listen, the oslo accords were 18 years ago when they first decided to start negotiations and they haven't gotten their international legitimacy from these negotiations. they want to get their international legitimacy from the international community, and then they want to negotiate with the israelis as two states negotiating, not one occupying power to the occupying people. secondly, they say listen, we're really frustrated with u.s. policy. they're frustrated with u.s. policy and they feel they really have no option. it's a desperate attempt, suzanne. >> so if abbas know that is u.s. is going to veto this, why go forward? is this all about symbolism? what do they take away, elise? help us understand. >> reporter: well, it
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 7:00pm EDT
several key states. president obama is in new york city for the annual united nations general assembly. his biggest challenge is navigating a palestinian demand for an immediate security council vote on statehood. the administration has vowed to veto the palestinian request and risk a backlash on the arab street. but it is trying to negotiate some compromise so that it doesn't come to that. that's tough enough. and now add in this in your face political chal friend the republican presidential front-runner. texas governor rick perry who came to new york city to accuse president obama of fumbling middle east diplomacy and undermining israel in the process. >> we are equally indignant of the obama administration and their middle east policy of appeasement that's encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith. simply put, we would not be here today at this very precipice of such a dangerous move. the if the obama policy in the middle east wasn't naive and arrogant, misguided, and dangerous. >> and the governor didn't stop there. he called the obama foreign policy naive and said that it left iran's
CNN
Sep 22, 2011 11:00am EDT
pictures from the united nations general assembly. we have already seen protests in the street outside of the u.n. over his very appearance. we'll take that live when it begins. >>> the topic ahmadinejad could weigh in on today is palestinian statehood as well. it is a proposal we are expecting to hear tomorrow when the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas addresses the united nations. so how do you have a state without borders, right? our fionnuala will take a look at finding those dividing lines in jerusalem. >> reporter: more than 0 years ago the late yasser arafat declared a palestinian state. it didn't happen. so why is israel worried now? well, precisely because of places like this. this settlement on the 1967 borders and juxtapositions between jerusalem to my left and ramallah behind me, just some ten miles apart. this hill top has been the site of many a strategic battle between israel and arab nations. prize -- jerusalem. today a different kind of battle is being played out in the valleys below. the separation barrier divides israeli from palestinian literally and figuratively and so
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 11:00pm EDT
president of the united states set the united nations general assembly and the palestinians want to file for statehood. they want the united nations to recognize them. their case is george w. bush supported statehood. barack obama supported statehood. we don't have statehood. we are going to try this way. why are they wrong? >> palestinians state, recognized and it looks like they are trying try to short-circuit the process here. i worry this is not going to advance the process and make it more likely that they can reach an agreement. it is likely to retard it, diminish it, and so i -- i don't think it is helpful. >> it is an important diplomatic challenge for the president of the united states, who happens to be a democrat at the moment, but important diplomatic challenge for any president of the united states. and on this day, one of the leading republican candidates for president, texas governor rick perry, decided to go to new york city, just blocks from the united nations, not only criticize the palestinians for doing this but criticize the president of the united states for having
CNN
Sep 18, 2011 2:00pm EDT
. >>> the united nations general assembly convenience this week. the palestinians want to become a formal state, but the u.s. is expected to veto the proposal. we'll discuss that straight ahead. first, you do you know how much money the united states sends israel each year? with olay challenge that. new regenerist wrinkle revolution... relaxes the look of wrinkles instantly, and the look of deep wrinkles in 14 days. ready, set, smooth... regenerist. from olay. even though i'm a great driver, and he's... not so much. well, for a driver like you, i would recommend our new snapshot discount. this little baby keeps track of your great driving habits, so you can save money. [sighs] amazing. it's like an extra bonus savings. [ cackling ] he's my ride home. how much can the snapshot discount save you? call or click today. it feels like help is never far away. it feels like you're protected against life's little mishaps. it feels like you'll make it home. that's what it feels like to be a member. >>> the united states sends $3 billion in aid to israel every year. that breaks down to 8, 219
CNN
Sep 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. >> very quickly, i know you've been watching this a vote in the united nations general assembly that's coming up that would declare a palestinian state. what should the president of the united states do when it comes to that resolution? >> that starts a war process. that's the first step toward further delegitimatation of israel. he should make it clear to every country in the u.n., including the palestinian authority, this is going to be very expensive to you in every way the united states can make it expensive. >> a direct warning, is that a good idea? >> he should veto it, stand with israel and he should encourage the palestinians and israelis to sit side by side, across from each other, secretary clin has dispatched david hale and david ross to the region. i was in the region this summer, wolf, i can tell you, i sat down with the prime minister on many occasions. >> of israel? >> right. he's ready to negotiate with the palestinians. it's time to negotiate. we don't need any more gimmicks. >> we'll see what happens. i'll be reporting from new york all week. thanks very much. looking
CNN
Sep 16, 2011 5:00pm EDT
palestinian's goal to have their own state. abbas making a renewed appeal today to the united nations before world leaders address the general assembly in new york next week. >> translator: we are going now to the united nations to demand our legitimate fight, which is to become a full member of the united nations as a state of palestine. >> united states and israel are warning u.n. membership would complicate the middle east peace process. richard roth has more on the palestini palestinian's options and obstacles. >> the nations of the world got yet another reminder from the palestinians of their desire for a state of their own. a symbolic seat from palestine was flown in, arriving in new york at u.n. headquarters, accompanied by activists. despite having pressure before the up coming debate, achieving state hood on the world stage is not as easy as staging a photo op. this is the potential first stop for the palestinians to apply for u.n. membership. this is the u.n. security counsel, though this chamber may pose the toughest obstacle. under the rules of the organization and u.n. charter, the palestinians must first get approval from
CNN
Sep 19, 2011 7:00pm EDT
put front and center by the united nations general assembly, and why propose a deficit plan that you know will be thrown into the trash heap by republicans? the budget director explains the plans and the strategy next. [ engine revving ] [ male announcer ] you won't find the toughness of a ram 1500 combined with the legendary power of a hemi v8 in any other truck. it's a beautiful thing. guts. glory. ram. that is better than today. since 1894, ameriprise financial has been working hard for their clients' futures. never taking a bailout. helping generations achieve dreams. buy homes. put their kids through college. retire how they want to. ameriprise. the strength of america's largest financial planning company. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you, one-to-one. together, for your future. ♪ together, for your future. ♪ ♪ ♪ when the things that you need ♪ ♪ come at just the right speed, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ medicine that can't wait legal briefs there by eight, ♪ ♪ that's logistics. ♪ ♪ freight for you, box for me box that keeps you healthy, ♪ ♪ that
CNN
Sep 17, 2011 6:00pm EDT
president and you had to deal with the united nations general assembly vote in the coming days that would call for the creation of a palestinian state, what would you do about it? >> you start a long time ago. this would have been avoided or. >> kevin: been avoided in my view had the president made it clear from the very outset that we stand by israel. that we lock arm and arm. instead, the president tried to communicate to the palestinians and others that support their effort that, well, there may be some distance between us and israel. look, you stand by your allies. you show that you're united. that's the best way to keep people from taking adventurous activity. >> good luck, governor. we'll stay in close touch. >> thanks, wolf. good to be with you. >> why is newt gingrich comparing himself to bill clinton, jimmy carter and george mcgovern? you're going to find out next. # are you curious about new ideas? do you want to learn a new language, or just a new word? maybe you want to know more about anatomy, or astronomy. you could master something new, or uncover a hidden talent. there's n
CNN
Sep 21, 2011 11:00am EDT
spoke to the general assembly. >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. ultimately it's the israelis and the palestinians who must live side by side. ultimately it is the realitilies and the palestinians not us who must reach agreement on issues who divide them. [ chanting ] >> thousands of palestinians poured into the streets in ramallah today to support state hood. the west bank city is the seat of the palestinian parliament. >>> this is a shocking scene, it's quite disturbing, orchestrated by mexican drug cartels. drivers left two trucks filled with bodies sitting in the mid of a highway in the tourist town of boca del rio. some of the 35 corporation corp on to the streets. investigators believe some of the dead were rival drug traffickers. >>> typhoon roke is blasting japan this week, with 100-mile-per-hour winds. 17 inches falling so far in some places. the storm is brushing past tokyo right now. it is pushing into the area address wrecked by the earthquake and tsunami last march. >> reporter
CNN
Sep 21, 2011 1:00pm EDT
a vote -- just needed for a vote in the united nations general assembly, it would overwhelmingly be approved very quickly. to get that full membership as a member state of the united states, you need the security council to approve it. you need nine states, nine members of the u.n. security council, 15 members all together that are ready to support it. you also have to avoid a veto by one of the five permanent members of the u.n. security council. president obama says the u.s. will use that veto. the security council isn't going to authorize full membership for the palestinians but they're trying to avoid that veto if at all possible. >> it seems to me the president has to -- talking about president obama -- he's walking a bit of a fine line here. really, i know you can speak to this, this isn't just a diplomatic issue but this is a domestic issue as well. we have the jewish vote at stake here for president obama and what happened in new york with the election for anthony weiner's seat which had been vacated. what do you make of that? >> well, it's become a huge political issue. esp
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 5:00pm EDT
here in new york city. president obama is here for the united nations general assembly, at the same time former president clinton is presiding over his clinton global initiative. this afternoon i sat down with the former president for a wide ranging interview. i asked about a controversial remark by one of his former top campaign advisers. you know, james carville, a man you know well, our cnn contributor, democratic strategist, worked with you for a long time, he says it's time for the president and the white house to panic, to fire people, to indict people. he's just, sees what's happening, that special election here in new york city. you see carville is right? >> no. i think the first -- it's never a good thing for the president to panic. i think they need to focus as much as they can on like what we did when we just announced the afl-cio and the american federation of teachers and their pension funds and their allies are doing what the banking system should be doing, they're out there, they are funding major building retrofits and they're going to put thousands and thousands and
CNN
Sep 19, 2011 11:00pm EDT
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CNN
Sep 18, 2011 4:00pm EDT
go to the u.n. security council, perhaps go to the united nations general assembly, which wouldn't be as serious, would enforce the so-called u.s. veto that they're fearing and also could give him a lot more international support. they're also looking at a way, kind of for the day after, they're looking at this week planning for next week, trying to get the parties back to negotiations, trying to get a statement by the international community, that quartet which includes russia, the united nations and the european union and the u.s., basically laying out the framework for getting the parties back to the table, something that both of them say they want to do. >> meantime, with that vote of membership for palestinian state recognition, the u.s. says it will be vetoing that. elise, thanks so much. >>> and one more note about this week's gathering of the united nations general assembly, libya will be represented there, but by a representative of theforce s th that ousted moammar gadhafi. >>> as the economy continues to suffer, and people continue to be without work, many are moving bac
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 3:00pm EDT
coming up. >>> then, while president obama is in new york at the united nations general assembly meeting, then she overcame torture and cancer before becoming president of brazil. a look at her in today's "human factor." to the same challenges. but at prudential we're helping companies everywhere find new solutions to manage risk, capital and employee benefits, so american business can get on with business. ♪ >>> want to let you know what's happening right now. take a look at this live satellite picture here. thousands of people need to get out of the way of a typhoon that's about to hit japan. chad myers has been watching this thing swirling. he'll explain where this massive storm equal to a category 3 hurricane is aiming for hours from now. we'll get to chad momentarily. >>> first, james carville has a lot of advice for the president as of late. he's not at all shier about sharing it. the longtime democratic strategist and cnn distributor says president obama is showing a new aggressiveness. he says it's about time. james carville joins me live. james, you're pretty intense about thi
CNN
Sep 25, 2011 10:00am EDT
challenge is, where was the first united nations general assembly? was it, a, san francisco, b, new york, c, london, or d, geneva? stay tuned, we'll tell you the correct answer. make sure you go to cnn.com/gm for ten more questions. while you're there check out thegbalpublicsquare and find interviews and takes by some of our favorite expert. don't forget, you can follow us on twitter and facebook. i've just finished reading jack weatherford's "genghis khan and the making of the modern world." my book of the world. weatherford really makes you understand that genghis khan's territory was the roman empire of asia. he conquered the lands that make up china, russia, india, and much more. we now think of genghis khan as a barbarian, but he was a great modernizer, fascinating read. now for the last look. we all like our comforts of home, even world leaders. colonel gadhafi always traveled with his tents. queen victoria reportedly traveled with her own bed. president bush had his own pillow. but such needs almost caused a diplomatic incident this week. australia's foreign minister, kevin r
CNN
Sep 25, 2011 12:00pm EDT
united nations general assembly. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪ >>> time for a check of today's top stories. two american hikers released from an iranian prison last week are back in the u.s. josh fattal and shane bauer landed at jfk airport last hour after being freed wednesday. they were held for more than two years in iran on spy charges. the men are scheduled to appear at a news conference in new york later this afternoon and cnn will have live coverage of the event. >>> a mass grave believed to hold more than 1,200 victims from a 1996 massacre has been found in libya. the grave was discovered by libyan opposition fighters last month in tripoli. a member of libya's transitional government says it could take years to identify the victims. >>> 19 people were killed today including two americans when a small plane crashed in nepal. it was returning from a sight-seeing tour when they hit a mountain and broke into pieces about
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 12:00am EDT
here in new york for the united nations general assembly. i want to talk to you about president obama, because he's come to new york today. it's obviously a big day for him and the assembly. he's chosen today to announce his attack now on the financial crisis in america. which is to tax the rich in a much heavier way. what is your reaction to that as a world leader? >> as prime minister of norway, i fully understand it. compared to, perhaps norway, rich people pay much less taxes in the u.s. than in norway. >> what is the comparative taxation? >> in norway, the average tax on people earning more than 1 million will be around 50% or something. >> so significantly higher? >> yeah. >> so i understand that there has to be a balance. i think everyone understands there has to be a balance between income and expenditures. when you have a deficit, you need to reduce expenditures. at the same time, it may be a good idea to increase income. and those who have most, who most probably also contribute a bit more than they do today. >> how kenned are you about what's happening with the europe
CNN
Sep 20, 2011 6:00am EDT
that the united nations general assembly is underway. >> absolutely. because the streets are clogged. president obama and the new libyan leadershiping for face-to-face talks at the united nations and the stakes could note be higher. moammar gadhafi reportedly starving citizens. the president arrived in new york yesterday. front and center at the united nations. cnn senior correspondent, u.n. correspondent, i should say, richard roth joins us this morning. so this would be the first face-to-face meeting between president obama and the national transitional council? >> a good deferment for the obama administration, able to champion at that meeting and with the other diplomats, their way did work, although fighting remains. and helps solidify this new government in libya. the flag actually flew over the united nations monday for the first time, removing that green gadhafi flag. jaleel, of the national council, will be there and libya will have to set out what kind of government it will be. helping transportation igsly with idea, a big operation to help people not used to some form of de
CNN
Sep 19, 2011 1:00pm EDT
. >>> world leaderers are gathering in new york city for the annual opening of the united nations general assembly. the palestinians' bid for full membership is expected to dominate the meetings. the united nations all 193 nations, are representeded in the general assembly. you can consider the general assembly really the main policy making body of the u.n., like our congress. but each country, rich or poor, small or large, gets equal representation. one vote. a full range of international issues is on the table, including historic talks today on diseases such as hiv, diabetes and cancer. but the big question weighing over this session is whether the u.n. will recognize palestine as a state. let's go straight to our senior state department producer elise labott. we understand that the u.n. secretary-general and the palestinian president mahmoud abbas met today. do you have any details about the meeting? >> we're hearing from the palestinians and from the united nations president abbas told ban ki-moon he's making good on his promise to go to the u.n. security council later this week to apply for full s
CNN
Sep 23, 2011 5:00pm EDT
his case before the general assembly. we will sit down and talk to him about it. first, let's go to the cnn senior united nations correspondent richard roth who is over at the u.n. with the latest. richard, how did this all play out today? >> dramatic history, wolff, with perhaps an uncertain future. electric speeches inside of the assembly hall between abbas, a netanyahu, and each making the pitch within the hall which does favor the palestinians. abbas got much more applause and several ovations from groups of different countries and it is time for a palestinian spring as he held up the application for formal statehood at the u.n. to applause. >> translator: this is a copy of the application. [ applause ] i call upon mr. secretary-general to expedite transmittal of all requests to the security council. i call upon the distinguished members of the security council to vote in favor of our full membership. >> reporter: the security council now has that statement, and will hold a meeting on monday. first initial meeting behind closed doors and no votes and no decisions expected. the israeli leader says he wants peace with the p
CNN
Sep 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
also delivered a major address before the u.n. general assembly. >> that's rig, wolf. the palestinians continue pressing their case here at the united nations and it was the most dramatic issue the president addressed in his speech today with repeated the theme, peace is hard. the president trumpeted progress -- >> at the end of this year, america's military operation in iraq will be over. osama bin laden is gone. >> and warned of challenges ahead. >> where we stand with the syrian people or their oppressors. >> what so many were listening for was this. >> we seek a future where palestinians live in a sovereign sate of their own. >> how would we explain his opposition to the palestinian push for state hood at the united nations? >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions tat united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. >> the most striking? >> let us be honest with ourselves. israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against them. a small country of less than 8 million people look out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off the map. >> words we
CNN
Sep 25, 2011 1:00pm EDT
pricing. >>> our yes question from the gps challenges where was the first united nations general assembly? was it a, san francisco, b, new york, c, london, or d, geneva? stay tuned. we'll tell you the correct answer. make sure you go to cnn.com/gps for ten more questions while there check out our website, the global public square, find smart entires and takes by our favorite experts and follow us on twitter and facebook. i've just finished reading a great book, it's jack wetterford's the making of the modern world. my book of the week. weatherford makes you understand that genghis kahn's territory was the roman empire of europe, conquered russia, india and more. he was in his day a great modernizer, fascinating greek. the last look. we all like our comforts of home, even world leaders. colonel gadhafi traveled, reporter traveled with her own bed, president bush had his own pillow, such needs almost caused a diplomatic incident. australia's foreign minister wanted to bring his beloved breakfast treat to new york with him. according to mr. rudd's twitter feed the airport authorities in new york
CNN
Sep 16, 2011 7:00pm EDT
say step up and go beyond saying stop, this is bad, to doing something? the united nations general assembly meets next week in new york. listen here to the secretary-gener secretary-general, ban ki moon, who seems to think maybe, maybe, there's a consensus growing to get a little tougher. >> when he has not keeping his promises, enough is enough, then international community should really take some coherent measures and speak in one voice. >> nick burns, what can the international community do? coherent, the secretary-general says. how about tough? what can they do? >> you know, john, it's a very different situation than libya. there isn't going to be an arab league invitation for nato to go into syria or a security council sanction for the use of military force. if we can get russia and china to be more serious about sanctions that might be something that the syrians might listen to. but also the arab league has to speak with a unified voice and other arab states have to come out and condemn what's happening. you hear it from turkey. you hear it from the u.s. but that's not enough. it has to com
CNN
Sep 24, 2011 6:00pm EDT
united nations general assembly. at the same time, clinton was presiding over his clinton global initiative. i sat down with him for a wide-ranging interview and i asked him about a controversial remark by one of his former top cam taken advisors. james carville, a man you know well, our cnn contributor, democratic strategist, worked with you for a long time. he says it's time for the president and the white house to panic, to fire people, to indict people. he's just seeing what is happening on special election here in new york city. you think carville is right? >> no. i think that, first, it's never a good thing for the president to panic. i think they need to focus as much as they can on like what we did now when we just announced at the afl-cio and the american federation of teachers and pension fans and allies are doing what the banking system should be doing. they're out there -- they are funding major building retro fits. they're going to put thousands and thousands of people to work. and that's what i think we should do. >> you're talking about pittsburgh and san diego, or
CNN
Sep 16, 2011 9:00am EDT
week the united nations general assembly takes place, palestinian statehood will be on the agenda, and they are looking to see how the president acts. >> reporter: it's whether or not it's a problem of perception or reality. what i can tell you is the obama campaign is actively reaching out to the jewish community certainly to all of their base, but to the jewish community to shore up support among jewish voters. here at the white house they're not saying anything about losing support among jewish voters. instead, they're trying to reinforce the notion that the administration remains a strong supporter of israel and jay carney, in fact, repeated several times this week the endorsement, strong endorsement, from israel's prime minister that the u.s. remains strong or this administration has been committed to israel's security. so, that's the message that they're trying to push forward. but as you pointed out, all of this coming into sharper focus as the president heads to the u.n. general assembly next week and this issue of palestinian statehood will be front and center. >> all rig
CNN
Sep 25, 2011 6:00am EDT
for him in ramallah right now. abbas back home after his trip to the united nations general assembly. while there he delivered a passionate plea for palestinian statehood. the u.n. security council could start debating the issue as early as tomorrow. the u.s. delegation has threatened to veto the palestinian statehood plans. >>> and 80 protesters arrested at demonstrations on wall street after the biggest one-day crackdown in more than a week. we were telling but the protests last week -- telling you about the protests last week. they were protesting what they say is a financial system that favors the rich at the expense of everybody else. police set up protest zones. demonstrators ignored those, having stayed in the areas. >>> 40,000 pounds of potentially dangerous grounds beef headed for schools in georgia. that's being recalled now by the department of agriculture and a texas meat company. tests found the e. coli bacteria, e. coli can cause kidney failure in severe cases. the usda says most of the meat never made it out of the warehouse in georgia, and they have no reports of anybody get
CNN
Sep 23, 2011 3:00pm EDT
going to happen? no. there is certainly a lot of negotiations going on and the united nations general assembly and the security council will be talking about this over the next several days and weeks, but he can clearly claim a victory. what is going on right now is that the mideast quartet, the u.s., eu, russia and the united nations issued a framework, if you will for the eterms of negotiations of the israeli and the palestinians to get the palestinian president to backoff and start to negotiate with the israelis and the palestinians. >> what does this mean? >> well, it calls for clear time lines for the parties to get back to the table, and says that neither side could take provocative actions, and they don't say what that means really, but in essence it is tacit indication to israel not to build settlements, and settlement freeze while the negotiations are going on, and for the palestinians, they are urged to not take any moves into the international criminal court against israel should they go down the u.n. route and have a new legitimacy at the u.n. to do so. but in essence, brooke, it doesn
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Sep 18, 2011 9:00am EDT
the president spoke to the u.n. general assembly last year, he had big dreams. >> when we come back here next year, we could have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the united nations, an independent, sovereign state of palestine living in peace with israel. >> one year later there is no israeli-palestinian agreement. but when the u.n. general assembly opens this week, palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas says he will seek full membership, recognition of a palestinian state. that would not make palestine a state with defined borders, but it would give its officials more international recognition and the u.s. fears more power to go after israel for what palestinians consider crimes committed in the gaza strip. the white house has vowed to veto the bid in the security council insisting an independent palestinian state be developed through direct negotiations with israel. >>> up next, the israeli ambassador to the u.s. [ kristy ] my mom is well...weird. she won't eat eggs without hot sauce. she has kind of funny looking toes. she's always touching my hair. and she does this dancing finger thing. [ male announcer ] with advanced technology from ge, now doctors can
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Sep 21, 2011 6:00am EDT
through actions of the united nations. >> this is the first day of the general assembly debate. the u.s. president always speaks second after brazil. this time, the first time a woman president will speak first leading brazil. it should be a very interesting day in the news of those possible hiker releases. president ahmadinejad speak tomorrow but will be in the building later today and not attending the u.s. president's address in the morning here at the u.n. christine? >> richard roth. thank you so much, richard. >>> it is the dawning of a new day in libya. you're going to see it in a second. there it is. that new red, black and green flag of the north african nation now has its place in the row of flags at the united nations. libya's new interim prime minister, expecting to have a new government in place with ten days. [ chanting ] and that's what freedom looks and sounds like. cnn cameras capturing the people of libya celebrating wildly at the national transitional council troops rolled into the city yesterday. one of the last strongholds of the ousted dictator moammar gadhafi. >>>
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Sep 18, 2011 6:00am EDT
. look for a showdown at the united nations when the general assembly meets this week. the issue, a permanent home for the palestinians. palestinian leaders plan to ask the u.n. to recognize an independent state of palestine. the u.s. objects, may use its veto in the security council. the obama administration says negotiation is the only path to statehood for palestinians. >>> and the late senator ted kennedy's only daughter kara died of a heart attack friday. she was 51 years old. you see her here accepting her ailing father's presidential medal of freedom shortly before his death in 2009. according to the family, she collapsed after her daily workout. she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2003 but overcame that illness. >>> freedom continues to be on hold for those two, the two american hikers in prison in iran. their attorney says he hopes shane bauer and josh fattal will be released soon. they've been in jail for more than two years, accused of spying, something they've always denied. iranian law requires two judges to sign their release. so far only one has. and cnn has learned
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Sep 19, 2011 9:00am EDT
alone with one of the other world leaders coming here at the same time to attend the united nations general assembly. >> oh, yeah, total mess for logistical reasons, not political reasons. he'll be here later this afternoon. one point about who is pay pg all the capital gains income, this is the core of the buffett rule. that there are some people in this country who make a lot of money with their money. not with their hands. i guess you could argue with their brain, but you know, you work a tax differently. the people who work for warren buffett, 35% tax rate. the people, or the -- warren buffett paying in the high teens. you know, 80% of the capital gains income realized in the u.s. in the past 20 year has gone to the top 5% of people. according to "the washington post." that's what the white house and more progressive economists want to zero in on. when you have to find money, you go to the people who have the money, and they say that's where it is. it's a pretty easy pot to go after. >> what willie sutton used to say. all right. the president is walking in. you see the folks standing up. let's listen t
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Sep 16, 2011 4:00am EDT
night. >>> the palestinians have flown a symbolic chair to the united nations ahead of next week's general assembly. that's when palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas plans to make a bid for u.n. membership. abbas says the move is a done deal but otherers indicate there may be room for compromise. >>> state tv showed a soldier giving what it called a confession on thursday night. syrian activists are outraged and say the turkish government betrayed them by returning the soldier to syrian authorities. >>> flooding in pakistan claimed more than 240 lives. the heavy rains that began falling in august have stopped for now but aid agencies in pakistan's government are struggling to help the victims. those are the top stories from cnn, the world's news leader. "world business today" starts right now. >>> hello and a warm welcome. >> i'm nina dos santos at cnn london. these are the top stories on friday, september 16th. finance ministers arrive for a high-level powwow in poland as they try to bring europe's debt crisis to a close. >> ubs, it reels from a fallout of a $2 billion loss. the swiss bank is fac
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Sep 16, 2011 1:00pm EDT
row while the supreme court reviews his appeal. >>> this just in to cnn -- the united nations has voted in favor of allowing the national transitional council to represent libya. the u.n. general assembly next week. staying in libya, anti-gadhafi fighters made their way into the town of sirte. intense firefighters broke out in the streets and it is unclear how many casualties. their are. transitional council delegation is demanding niger turn over one of gadhafi's sons who recently fled there. >>> a day after his arrest in connection with about $2 billion worth of unauthorized deals at swiss banking giant ubs, this man in a photo taken from his facebook page. he is expected to appear in court today to answer the charges of fraud and false accounting. so far ubs is not commenting on that arrest. >>> some senate democrats aren't exactly welcome president obama's jobs and debt cutting plan with open arms. the white house gave them a close-up look at the plan thursday. while some members voiced their total support, others said that due to the side of the bill they'd like to see more specifics. the plan is set to go before the 12 members of congress's bipartisan super committee on monday. >>> ju
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Sep 23, 2011 6:00am EDT
are going to the secretary-general of the united nations and they will present this formal application for membership. mahmoud abbas, the palestinian leader, will speak to the general assembly and no doubt get huge applause because the large share of the membership of the u.n. is fully behind this formal statehood bid. however, a u.s. veto awaits in the security council and even yesterday we saw permanent member of the united kingdom express high doubts about this palestinian statehood bid. >> there has been much speculation about what will happen here this week. let's be clear about one fact. no resolution can, on its own, substitute for the political will necessary to bring peace. peace will only come when palestinians and israelis sit down and talk to each other, make compromises, build trust and agree. so, our role must be to support this. to defeat those who embrace violence, to stop the growth of settlements and to support palestinians and israelis alike to make peace. >> there are so many angles to this story. i mean, some credit abbas and the palestinians with a great strategic move, galvanizing efforts and ramping everything up to prompt maybe peace talks and get a tim
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Sep 22, 2011 6:00am EDT
president ahmadinejad will take the stage and address the world at the united nations general assembly. there is a lot on the line. iranian leader's tone will be very telling because his grip on power is shaky these days. many observers believe he needs to ease tensions with the united states. let's go first to the political prisoner in the united states thing. what do you suppose that means? >> i was than aware there were a lot of iranians in the mountains picked up -- >> but iranians in jail in different capacities over the years iranians asked for a quid pro quo release. we have to see until the american hikers are back on u.s. soil to see just what these statements really mean. whether it is political niceties to thank oman and reflect on their experiences in iran, until they come back, probably they will be on the set and you can ask them. but as for the hikers' situation it also played out this drama at the united nations, you can't mistake the timing. president obama, president ahmadinejad, different areas of the u.n. while president obama was speaking, president ahmadinejad came in th
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Sep 19, 2011 6:00am EDT
. the united nations general assembly begins today. >> the big showdown looming with the palestinians seeking u.n. membership and statehood, and the u.s. standing in the way. here's cnn's correspondent for the u.n., richard roth. >> reporter: a potential first stop for the palestinians to apply for u.n. membership. this is the u.n. security council. though this chamber may pose the toughest obstacle to potential palestinian membership. under the rules of the organization with u.n. charter, the palestinians must first get approval from the security council in order to obtain membership and get their flag outside the building. however, in this room are permanent members of the security council who have veto power and one of them, the united states, has vowed to deny any requests for potential membership. if they want to avoid a u.s. veto, the palestinians are very likely to come here, next door, at the u.n. general assembly, already full with 193 countries. >> we will follow another line if one closes but the objective is the same and will are many roads to lead and we know that and wil
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Sep 21, 2011 3:00pm EDT
president today in new york at the united nations addressing the general assembly and did make quick mention of the news that shane and josh are free. >> wonderful news, we are thrilled and would not feel better for the families, those moms who we've been in close contact with. it's a wonderful day for them and for us. >> and coming up in a couple of minutes, roxanne saberi, she's going to share her own memories of what she called psychological torture. she'll share conditions of what that must have been like and what josh and shane must be feeling now here in the first moments of freedom. talk to her in a minute. >>> now, let me catch you up on some other stories. let's begin with no polygraph test for troy davis. lawyers asked for their client to get a last minute lie detector test. in fact, the department of corrections denied that request. lethal injection set to happen 7:00 p.m. eastern time. the family of the victim has said they will not attend tonight's execution. >>> also, mohamed abbas set to meet with president obama in just an hour from now. this after, abbas announced he
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Sep 22, 2011 5:00pm EDT
among the most controversial, most protests at united nations. today's address by the iranian president ahmadinejad was certainly no exception. for 30 minutes he lambasted the united states and its western allies, prompting a mass walkout by many diplomats in the general assembly. what is different this year is ahmadinejad's standing at home in iran, we're taking a closer look. cnn's brian todd working the story for us. what's going on with ahmadinejad inside iran? >> reporter: wolf, analysts say he's had internal struggles with the man who is once his chief backer, supreme leader. ahmadinejad needs to build capital at home and in the broader middle east, and observers say speeches like this help him do that, even if many find them outrageous. it was classic ahmadinejad. less than seven minutes in, iran's president blasted the u.s. and other western powers, though not by name. >> translator: who abducted forcefully tens of millions of people from their homes in africa and other regions of the world during the dark period of slavery. who used the mysterious september 11th incident as a pretext to attack afghanistan and iran. >> reporter: he made this reference -- >> translator: who use atopic bomb against defenseless people. >> reporter: but he never mentioned his ow
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Sep 16, 2011 11:00am EDT
in the general assembly, and that's really the issue, is that for most members of the united nations around the world, this is an easy vote, you vote on behalf of the palestinians, you vote for them to be recognized as a full member, as a state. the problem is to become a real member of the united nations, you have to be a state, and to achieve that, you have to get the security council to bless it. the united states has said it will veto it -- >> why? >> the reason the united states is going to veto it is because we have taken the view, the united states, that a full fledged state of palestine should come about through negotiations with the israelis. and just as we ask the israelis not to take steps to prejudge the outcome of negotiations, we're asking the -- the obama administration is asking the palestinians not to prejudge the outcome by taking these unilateral steps. the idea here is this is a tough problem, and the palestinians and the israelis have to solve it together, and one side just acting is not going to solve the problem. >> is the u.s. position on this vote a contradiction to
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Sep 24, 2011 8:00am EDT
very likely to be vetoed by the u.s. here now cnn's senior united nations correspondent, richard roth. >> reporter: like two heavyweight boxers, the palestinian and israeli leaders took their best shots at each other inside the general assembly hall. mahmoud abbas entered to thunderous ovation, making his case for statehood while brandishing his formal application to the security council. abbas denounced israeli occupation and settlement activity while asking the 193 countries for acceptance in their ranks. >> translator: clear that the plo is ready to return immediately to the negotiating table on the basis of the adopted terms of reference based on on international legitimacy and the complete cessation of settlement activity. >> netanyahu didn't fare as well on the applause meter but he gave as good as he got. having served israel here asity ambassador. he made an empassiimpassioned p israel to defend itself. he said it was fine if palestinian wanted a state but not created through the unu.n. >> i cannot risk the future of the jewish state on wishful thinking. leaders must see reality as it is, not as it ought to be. we must do our best toef shape the future. but we cannot wish away the dangers of the present. >> international
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Sep 24, 2011 10:00am EDT
people, of course. this alleged mob boss is accused in some 19 murders. >>> the united nations security council could consider the palestinians' plea for statehood as early as monday. palestinian president mahmoud abbas personally delivered the request in paper and in person through the streets for the u.n. general assembly. a pretty symbolic move here, given that the united states has already said that it would veto the move. a short time after abbas stoke, benjamin netanyahu had has chance to fire back. listen to a little bit of both measures. >>. >> translator: this is a moment of truth. our people are waiting to hear the answer of the words. will it allow israel to continue the last occupation in the world? >> the palestinians should first make peace with israel. and then get their state. >> behind the scenes negotiators put together a rough timeline for further peace talks between israeli and palestinian leaders. >>> a team of scientists on trial in italy for failing to predict what some say is impossible to predict, an earthquake. we're back in 90 seconds. stay with us. to stretch around h over 190 times. each brita filter can take up to 300 of those bottles out of the equation. helps defends against occasional justconstipation, diarrhea,alth probiotic cap a day up to 300 of those bottles gas and bloa
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Sep 20, 2011 9:00am EDT
nations and a day before the president is supposed to speak to the u.n. general assembly and this is interesting politics that we will be watching on several fronts. one is that the texas governor is slamming this process that is about to get underway up at the u.n. in which the palestinians may get a vote on statehood. it is a vote that the united states is expected to block. the obama administration is basically going to side with israel on that question, and that's going to be a messy situation for the obama administration, but the fact that this process is underway is really giving some red meat to the republicans. rick perry coming to manhattan and giving remarks. a portion of which we obtained here at cnn. he is expected to say in a few moments we are indignant that certain middle east earn leaders have discarded the principal of direct negotiations between the sovereign nation of israel and the palestinian leadership. he goes on to say this is all part of the obama administration's policy of middle east appeasement to leaders in that region and what rick per i have trying to d
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Sep 13, 2011 1:00pm EDT
later this month for the general assembly of the united nations. >>> two special elections for the house of representatives. in new york city, voters are picking a replacement for anthony weiner, you'll recall he resigned in june add admitting sending lewd photos of himself to women on the internet. bob turner having an edge over democrat david we have fran. the republican victory would be seen as rebuke of president obama. in nevada the focus is on the second congressional district, voters are choosing someone to replace dean heller appointed to the senate in may. gop senator mark alma day is going up against kate marshall. >>> we are about to show you incredible video. bystanders are being praised for saving a man's life. look at this video, it shows it all. a car and motorcycle collided in logan, utah, burst into flames. good samaritans jumped into action. a group of construction workers and students and others joined together to lift up one side of the burning car then pulled the driver of the motorcycle straight out from under it. the 21-year-old motorcyclist is in stable cond
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Sep 22, 2011 4:00am EDT
the iran/iraq border. >>> we may hear more about the two americans today at the united nations. mahmoud ahmadinejad makes his address to the general assembly around noon. an anti-ahmadinejad protest is planned for outside the building. >>> the u.s. central bank is hoping to kick start america's sluggish economy by selling $40 billion of short-term treasuries in exchange for the same amount of longer-term bonds. the idea is to push long-term interest rates lower even though they're already at record low ts. those are the headlines from cnn, the world's news leader. "world business today" starts now. >>> hello, and a warm welcome to "world business today," i'm manisha tank in hon con. >> i'm nina desantos. the stock markets take a tumble. >> troubled tech giant hewlett packard could be about to give is boss a boot after barely a year in the job. >> i feel terrible. can't sleep at night because you're thinking how are you going to pay for the family's bills. >> not being able to pay your bills for five months. in sfan the public sector workers are taking matters into their own hands for now. >> let's kickoff with the markets. the only thing you can
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